The Jicarilla Apache Tribe: A History, 1846-1970

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Author: Tiller, Veronica E. Velarde

Year: 1983

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Place: Lincoln


viii+265pp with 4 maps, 24 illustrations, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/2") issued in tan cloth with brown lettering to spine. 1st edition.

In this first full-length history of the Jicarillas from the American occupation of the Southwest to the 1970s, Tiller emphasizes relations between the federal government and the tribe-the effects of enforced dependence and how the Jicarillas have survived-even flourished-in spite of it. Opening with an examination of the traditional culture and society of the two bands of Jicarillas-the mountain-dwelling Olleros and the plains-dwelling Llaneros-the author establishes the traits that, more than any other, have characterized them down to the present: adaptability, determination to retain their homeland, desire to be self-reliant. The theme of the Jicarillas' resilience runs throughout the story of their dispossession, exile to an alien reservation, and eventual return to their lands in northwestern New Mexico, where poverty and neglect were to be their lot for many years. It was those lands, rich in timber, grazing resources, and oil, that served as the foundations for their remarkable recovery during the Indian New Deal of the 1930s and their ability to exercise, today, a large measure of autonomy.


Head page ends soiled, corners gently bumped. Jacket closed edge tears. A very good copy in a better than very good jacket.

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